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Kirk Nieuwenhuis back out of Wednesday lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Mets have scratched outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis after having placed him in the lineup. He is still dealing with a neck issue.

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Eric O'Flaherty cleared to pitch in back-to-back games
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Athletics reliever Eric O'Flaherty is ready to pitch on successive days, the Bay Area News Group has reported.

O'Flaherty returned from Tommy John surgery on July 3, but has been used more sporadically. He has not allowed a run over his last 10 1/3 innings covering his last 11 appearances in shrinking his ERA to 1.35.

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis healthy and starting Wednesday in Oakland
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis not only recovered enough from a stiff neck to be cleared for action Wednesday in Oakland, but he has also received a rare start. The ailment prevented him from playing Tuesday.

Nieuwenhuis has neither started nor managed a hit since Aug. 8.

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Versatile Cliff Pennington earning starts with Arizona
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Veteran Cliff Pennington has no set position, but Kirk Gibson has found a way to get him into the lineup virtually every day for the Diamondbacks. He has started at second, third and shortstop in the last six games.

Pennington has earned the playing time. He has at least one hit in each of those starts and is 10 for 25 during that stretch with eight runs scored and six walks. His .369 on-base percentage is at its highest point since May 5.

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Dana Eveland gets cortisone shot for elbow trouble
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Mets reliever Dana Eveland got a cortisone injection for elbow trouble and is out until at least Friday's series opener with the Dodgers, reports ESPN.com.

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Brandon Morrow throwing without finger brace
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Blue Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow is throwing side sessions without a finger brace, but is not letting loose yet, reports Sportsnet. Morrow could return in September as a reliever.

Morrow tore a tendon sheath in his index finger in early May.

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Josh Donaldson a no-go Wednesday against Mets
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Slumping Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is out of the lineup Wednesday against the visiting Mets.

Donaldson has just three hits in 21 at-bats since slugging two home runs in Kansas City on Aug. 12.

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Setback could wipe out season for Andy Dirks
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Yet another setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury could prevent Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks from playing major league baseball this season. He has been out all year after back surgery.

Dirks reinjured his hamstring Sunday night while running the bases for Triple-A Toledo. It was the second game of his latest rehab stint.

"Depending on how bad the hamstring is, I don't want to write him off," Brad Ausmus told MLive.com. "But it'd be tough at this point."

The Tigers have not yet recalled Dirks from his rehab assignment, which is his third in less than two months. An announcement is expected Wednesday, a day after an MRI on the hamstring, the results of which has yet to be revealed. Dirks remains on the 60-day disabled list.

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Stiff back reason Dustin Ackley is sitting Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A stiff back that has plagued Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley the last several days caused his absence from the lineup Wednesday in Philadelphia, per the Seattle Times.

The Thursday off-day will allow Ackley to rest his back for two straight days.

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Khris Davis not in Wednesday lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Brewers left fielder Khris Davis is set to sit Wednesday against Toronto. Gerardo Parra is playing the position instead.

Davis has been on a mini-roll with seven hits in his last 21 at-bats.

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